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Earnings And Benefits

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will state the level of national average earnings for each year since 1979, the level of supplementary benefit/income support for a single unemployed adult aged over 25 years for each of these years, and the percentage the latter represents of the former for each year.

Date of upratingBenefit dateAverage weekly earningsPercentage of column B/column C
November 197918·30114·1016·0
November 198021·30135·1015·8
November 198123·25149·5015·6
November 198225·70160·6016·0
November 198326·80175·3015·3
November 198428·05187·4015·0
November 198529·50199·5014·8
July 198629·80210·9014·1
April 198730·40224·0013·6
April 198833·40245·8013·6
April 198934·90269·5012·9
April 199036·70295·6012·4
April 199139·65318·9012·4
Explanatory Notes:
Column A: Date of each uprating.
Column B: Supplementary benefit scale rate for a 25-year-old householder from 1979 to 1987. From April 1988, this is the income support rate for a single person aged 25 or over.
Column C: Average earnings of all adult males (Source: New Earnings Survey).
Column D: Percentage of the benefit rates (Column B) compared to the average weekly earnings (Column C).